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Ever since [ profile] hruggles mentioned it, I've been toying with the idea of going to October Crown. This would of course necessitate new garb, most likely of the 13th/14th century variety. So, when a friend of mine gave me 31yds of linen, in varying hues at 3yds or more each, my mind started working overtime. Now, I'll be the first to admit that my knowledge of medieval fashion is limited to what I learned in my History of Costume class, so I am by no means an expert here, but I do know what I like.
So, I think I'm going for a fitted dress, probably between 4 and 6 gores, with a cyclas over the top. Haven't decided on colours yet, depends on how much fabric the mock up takes, which I won't know until I actually make the pattern.

E also needs a new frock. Her pink faire frock still fits, I just need to let down the hem, but she nerds a new undergown. I'll most likely use the celery green linen, 'cause, you know, pink and green rock. For the pattern, I'm pretty sure I'll be using a Norse underdress pattern found at Looks very much like a T-tunic when done. (hruggles has made a couple, so I've seen the pattern in action.)

Before I get started on all these new projects though, I need to finish the paletot. The weather is cool enough in the mornings to be able to enjoy it, and it continues to glare at me from its spot on the dress form.

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Lazy Day

Apr. 1st, 2010 11:36 pm
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After 3 days of non stop cleaning, I decided to take a lazy day today. Did nothing for as long as possible. As a result, I didn't get as much sewing done as I had planned. This doesn't mean I was entirely unproductive, and I do have pics to prove it. Not very good pics, coming from the mobile, but pics non the less.

I'm seriously loving the fit! (that's the first 2)
I've got the lining stitched down on one side, and pinned in the other. (that's the next 2)

Lastly, can you guess what E'S new sport is?

not so great pics here...... )
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After much cursing of the lining that isn't pink, I managed to get the sleeve lining sewn together.  I need to hand stitch it in today, then I can call the blasted sleeves done.  Except for the hemming and trimming of course. 

And speaking of trimming, I've decided to go with virginiadear 's most excellent suggestion of jet beads.  Faux in this case.  So the plan is to get all the ruffles on, putting it in a wearable state, then start adding the beads.

As the rest of the work on this is all hand work, it'll become my carry along project.  A mom's gotta have something productive to do while her daughter is at therapy.   Also good for sitting in front of the t.v. and watching Project Runway. 

I also worked on, wait for it.....the corset.  *gasp*  I know, it's been ages since I touched it.  Poor thing has been gazing forlornly at me from the corner of my sewing table for months.  I got 4 more boning channels sewn on, I'll do some more tonight.  I'd like to get this done by the 15th.  Compleatly doable if I work on it every night.  then I can get started on my long planned 1893 Empire.

Ah ha!

Mar. 29th, 2010 08:16 pm
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I HAVE SLEEVES!  There are actually sleeves on my paletot.  I still need to add lining to the sleeves, but, I HAVE SLEEVES!  And even a little trim.  Pics tomorrow, when I;ll hopefully have a little sunlight.  The rain is back.  *sigh*
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and I finally have a sleeve for the paleto.  I've lost track of how many times I've redrafted the little blighter, but I'm finally satisfied. 

The Muslin, basted in.  It took three tries to get it positioned so that there is no pulling to cause unsightly wrinkles.

Now, of course, I've got to cut it in the velveteen and pink satin.  I feel like I  can see the light at the end of the tunnel on this one.
Here's what's left:
cut and insert sleeves
add rouched trim
add belt
I think I can make my deadline of the end of this month now.  Then it's on to finish the Victorian corset.  (after 2 years of putting it off)
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I think I've got the sleeve for the paletot worked out.  I sewed the latest draft up, an it looks pretty good.  I'll need to shorten it by 1/2" at the elbow, and widen it an inch from the elbow down.   It's got a nice bit of ease from the elbow up, which is what I want in a jacket, but it's fairly tight once it passes the elbow.  It would be uncomfortable worn over long sleeves.   Of course, this meens another muslin to check everything.   I'll do the patterning tonight, then get the muslin taken care of tomorrow.   Wish me luck!
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The sleeve has been traced and cut. Tomorrow for the sewing.

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Well. Been decidedly not productive lately. Also haven't had access to the home computer. But just figured out I could post via email on my new phone! How cool is that?

I finally got around to drafting another sleeve for the paletot. I've got a pic here somewhere.....I think.

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I've got enough bias strips together to make one long 16yd strip.  And I'm only about 1/2 way there.  *sigh*


Feb. 8th, 2010 10:46 am
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Thinking trim here.  I did a small sample of the trim I have in mind and am not sure where I want to go with it.
trim pics.. )

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Got the bias strips cut out last night.  I used a wave edge rotary cutter, so had to cut a bazillion individual strips.  I'll work on seaming them together and running the ruching today.
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dealt with, though not in the usual way.  Not having enough pink to make a facing (no way was I going to try to fold this up in the usual fashion) I opted for binding.  Once I get the 3+ yds of hem stitched down, I'll then stitch the bound edge down so it has the typical tuck you se in lined jackets.  (not sure that made much sense)
Now it's on to making the bias ruched trim for neckline, cuff, and hem.


Feb. 6th, 2010 08:09 pm
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Was bad and picked up a book, which turned into two, which stalled progress on the paletot.  So.  I've set myself a deadline of Valentine's day to get it done.

Still to do:

Sew down hem facing
Hem lining
Make new sleeve (the original is looking a bit more like a leg 'o mutton than I'd like)
Make and attach bias trim.
Make belt
Tack back pleats down
progress pics so far.... )


Jan. 30th, 2010 08:26 pm
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almost done.  Ben sewing a lot, hope to be done tonight.  Will post more then.
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Maybe.  Long day today, with only about an hour to sew.  Did a little more tweaking to the pattern (more on that in my next post), and got a sleeve sewn up.  Will put in paletot tomorrow and test fit to armscye.  Looks good just pinned on, so, here's hoping....
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For now.  I think I have a pretty good draft now, but am having issues getting it together.  Tired.  And what's with these period sewing texts?  They treat sleeves like an afterthought.  "Draft sleeve with the scale"  Nothing else.  Soooo useful.  Nothing about getting the 2 blasted pieces together.  I think I need to "hold" some fullness in one side at the elbow, but can't for the life of me decide where. 
So, pics of one and two )


Jan. 24th, 2010 10:17 pm
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Giving up for the night.  Round 2 was a bit better, but I think I'll draft another sleeve tomorrow.  The elbow bend is giving me issues on this one, and I think I may have the grainline wrong.

I hate sleeves.

Sleeve 1

Jan. 24th, 2010 08:17 pm
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Fail.  Not epic, but fail.  Going to make a few tweaks, then I'll put up the pics. 


Jan. 23rd, 2010 10:09 pm
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The headache finally let up a bit.  Of course, I'm so hopped up on caffeine from the "cure" that I can't just sit and relax.  So, I've just finished drafting the sleeve for the paletot.  Of course, Victorian ladies were not equipped with long monkey arms like me, so I had to add a whole 4".  Tomorrow, I'll cut one out and see how it fits.  Fingers crossed it goes well.


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